Jersey Police campaign sees fall in burglaries

The number of burglaries in Jersey fell 22% in 2012, according to figures released by the island's police.

The force said the trend was the result of Operation Hornet, an initiative launched in 2011 to tackle burglary and educate islanders about security.

A police spokesman said the number of burglaries fell from 380 cases in 2011 to 297 in 2012.

There were 119 burglaries to homes, down 20 from 2011. Break-ins to other buildings dropped from 241 to 178.

The force announced that crime rates overall had fallen in 2012, compared with 2011.

Chief Officer Mike Bowron said he was "delighted" the number of crimes had fallen.

He said: "2012 was a busy year for officers with major incidents... to large-scale community events.

"A drop in the crime figures is something to be extremely proud of and I hope the people of Jersey... will be reassured."

Figures released by the States of Jersey Police also showed 1,341 recorded instances of speeding and 505 people caught without using a seatbelt.

The number of people caught drink-driving dropped by 15%, from 217 in 2011 to 185 in 2012.

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